EM2105E "Vaccine Hesitancy" (IM GR-210521)

The origins of vaccine hesitancy date back to the development of vaccines in the 1700s. Since that time, anti-vaccination sentiment has gained steam, particularly in recent years due to easy spread of disinformation on the internet. Vaccine hesitancy was labelled a top 10 threat to global health according to the WHO in 2019, and since 2020, it is now threatening the development of herd immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are strategies to mitigate vaccine hesitancy that can be implemented when discussing vaccines with patients and with our communities.

Target Audience


UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the history of vaccine hesitancy.
  • Understand causes of vaccine hesitancy, including the roll of social media and the internet
  • Understand specific concerns related to COVID-19 hesitancy
  • Understand strategies to mitigate vaccine hesitancy with their patients and within their communities
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Tara DuVal, M.D.Tara DuVal, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Geriatric Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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